The construction works of the Central Business District's Iconic Tower at the New Administration Capital (Photo: Ahmed Morsy)
Fourteen floors of the 78-floor Iconic Building in the Central Business District (CBD) in Egypt's New Administrative Capital have been constructed so far, according China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).
The CBD, which will be home to 20 towers, the tallest of which is the Iconic Tower, is being built by the Ministry of Housing, represented by the New Urban Communities Authority, in cooperation with the CSCEC, one of the largest construction companies in the world.
The 385-metre-high Iconic Tower will be the tallest building in Africa.
"The Iconic Tower will be a landmark of the CBD and of Egypt," Housing Minister Essam El-Gazar said in a previous inspection tour in the CBD.
Work on the Iconic Tower officially began in May 2018 with the digging of the land for the tower, while construction of the building itself started in February 2019.
The cement pouring process for the foundation of the tower was completed in half the scheduled time, 38 hours instead of 72 hours, breaking several records for construction in Africa.
According to CSCEC, the records include "the largest foundation plate of a single building" and "the fastest pouring record of a super-large foundation plate."
More than 100 professional engineers inspected the site, eight mixing stations provided materials, 12 concrete production lines rumbled day and night and 128 mixing trucks provided uninterrupted transport services.
The first phase of the CBD, which includes 20 towers, will be completed in 2022, while construction work will be finished in July 2020.
"The CBD project is one of the largest projects undertaken by the Egyptian Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities, which would be a milestone for Egypt-China cooperation and a starting point for many cooperation projects between the two countries," El-Gazzar said.
According to the housing ministry, the estimated investments in the CBD are around $3 billion.
CSCEC Egypt, which has also been working in Egypt for more than 30 years, held a press conference on Tuesday at the project site of the CBD.
During the press conference, the CSCEC presented its first national sustainable overseas development and its social responsibility report, the first of its kind for a Chinese enterprise in Egypt.
The press conference was attended by Egypt's Deputy Minister of Housing Khaled Abbas, deputy director of Egypt's State Information Services Ahmed Salam, and official counsellor of the Chinese embassy in Egypt Han Bing.
Bing said that with the release of the social responsibility report by CSCEC Egypt and the cooperation between Chinese enterprises and the Egyptian community will be further deepened and expanded, contributing to Chinese-Egyptian friendship.